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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Homeland Security Seizes Dozens of Domain Names

It appears the concept of innocent until proven guilty no longer applies to the internet.

According to an Article on The Hill, Homeland Security has just seized Dozens of Domain Names without warning or due process:

"The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak.

ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.

The sites are replaced with a note from the government: "This domain named has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations."

For instance, borntrade.com, 51607.com, and amoyhy.com have each been seized.

One of the site owners told TorrentFreak that his site was shut down without any notice or warning.

The effort comes as Congress considers the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Critics, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) say it is too heavy-handed. He has vowed to put a formal hold on the bill."

To Read the Rest of the Article Go Here.


heidiswork said...

WE need to seize Homeland Security!
They are way out of bounds, and need to be confronted NOW.
This is only an open door to bigger steps.

Anonymous said...

I would really like to start an online bussiness and i am really worried that this kind of BS will throw a monkey wrench into my plans. this has to stop now.